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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


May 28, 2019 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines posing threat to birds: study

Although wind is a green source of renewable energy, a new study has revealed that wind turbines are posing a threat to lives of birds in their vicinity. Birds colliding with turbine blades are dying. Researchers were invited by two windfarm owners – one in Samakhiali in Kutch, Gujarat and the other in Harapanahalli, Davangere, Karnataka – to investigate bird mortalities in their farms. The study found 47 carcasses of birds belonging to 11 species in Samakhiali, among which were threatened species. . . . Complete story »


May 27, 2019 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms downing avian visitors

Two wind farms in Karnataka and Gujarat are providing fresh evidence over how green energy sources are turning out to be deadly for migratory birds. With an installed capacity of more than 32,000 MW, India is the world’s fourth largest producer of wind energy, planning to generate 60 GW by 2022. But the massive scaled up target may be counter-productive to the birds, particularly the migratory ones and raptors, suggests a new study. The new evidence comes from two commercial . . . Complete story »


March 12, 2019 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Save the Great Indian Bustard from wind power projects

In a bid to save the Great Indian Bustard (GIB), currently on the brink of extinction, Indian government’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has asked wind power developers to identify the bird’s critical habitats in Rajasthan and Gujarat and take risk mitigation measures against bird hits, one of the causes of the reducing population of the bird. Listed as Critically Endangered under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List, the GIB also has the highest . . . Complete story »


March 7, 2019 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Retrofitting of power lines, wind projects mandatory in Gujarat and Rajasthan to prevent bird collision

NEW DELHI: Concerned over dwindling numbers of Great Indian Bustard (GIBs), the Central government has asked for retrofitting of power transmission lines and wind energy farms passing through the habitat of this critically endangered species in Gujarat and Rajasthan to prevent bird collision. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has written to all power transmission agencies and wind energy farm developers to identify critical power transmission lines and wind energy firms passing through the Great Indian Bustard habitats in . . . Complete story »


February 19, 2019 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Draft rules for offshore wind farms: Environmental damage could lead to cancellation of clearance

An offshore wind energy project, if found causing environmental damage to marine ecology, could be cancelled, as proposed in the draft offshore wind energy lease rules, 2019 by the Indian government’s ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE). India plans to go big on offshore wind power for strengthening the energy security in the country, but harm to marine ecology and birds has always been a contentious issue. At present, wind power is the main pillar of India’s renewable power . . . Complete story »


December 27, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Not all that green? Wind farms have a cascading effect on local wildlife

The plateau of Chalkewadi in the Satara district of Maharashtra is a wide and open landscape. “One can see for miles on end,” says Amod Zambre. In the wee hours of summer, especially after it has rained, the plateau erupts into life. There are brilliant blue flashes all over the rocky landscape, he says. “Like tiny sapphires glinting in the morning sun.” These are, in fact, males of the ‘superb fan-throated lizard’ flagging their coloured dewlaps to court females or . . . Complete story »


December 7, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

India’s wind power potential declining due to warming

The warming of the Indian Ocean due to global climate change may be causing a slow decline in India’s wind power potential, according to a study. India, the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the US, is investing billions in wind power and has set the ambitious goal to double its capacity in the next five years, said researchers from the Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The majority of wind turbines . . . Complete story »


December 5, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Fishers protest hit system to measure wind potential’

CHENNAI : Installation of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system to measure wind potential for setting up offshore wind farms in the coast of Thoothukudi has been hit due to protest by fishermen, according to Anand Kumar, secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.Speaking at the Green Power 2018 conference, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here on Tuesday, he said that the State and Central governments were working to resolve the issue by holding talks with fishermen. This comes . . . Complete story »


November 15, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms deliver a blow to birds of prey, says study

PUNE: A study done in the Satara region of the Western Ghats confirmed the deeper ecological consequences of wind farms in biodiversity-rich areas by establishing a link between such farms and the number of predatory birds and ground-dwelling lizards in their vicinity. The study, conducted jointly by city-based independent researchers Harshal Bhosale and Amod Zambre and Bengaluru-based Maria Thaker, found that wind farms reduce the number as well as the activity of predatory birds. The drop in the number of . . . Complete story »


November 7, 2018 • General News, IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms can act like apex predators in ecosystems, study finds

The impact of wind farms on flying species has been well documented, with turbines reducing the number of birds and bats in an area and disrupting migration routes. But a new study finds that the impacts of turbines are more far-reaching than previously thought, acting almost like a new apex predator in an ecosystem. Ecologists from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore looked at how wind farms in India’s Western Ghats, which have been operating for 16 to 20 . . . Complete story »


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